Abortion and Embryonic Death


Endometritis in Mares Horse Course Archived

December 01, 2011

Learn about endometritis, what causes it, and what veterinarians can do to treat the condition.... Read More


Endometritis in Mares

November 30, 2011

Discussion of endometritis in mares, what causes it, how it's treated, and impacts on fertility. ... Read More


UKVDL Nocardioform Placentitis Study Update

September 24, 2011

The UKVDL reported an increased number of abortions and abnormal placentas due to nocardioform placentitis.... Read More


UKVDL Researcher Evaluates Causative Agents of Abortion

July 24, 2011

Erdal Erol, DVM, MS, PHD, gave a lecture titled "Current microbiological methods for equine abortion diagnoses... Read More


Equine Abortion Diagnosis and Beyond

July 11, 2011

Learn about the latest microbiological methods for detecting the cause of equine abortion with Dr. Erdal Erol.... Read More


Equine Herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) Neurologic Disease and Abortion

June 02, 2011

Discussion of equine herpesvirus-1 neurologic disease and abortion, prevention, treatment and recent research.... Read More

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Equine Herpesvirus-1

June 02, 2011

Equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1, rhinopneumonitis) is a highly contagious infection that is widespread. ... Read More


Researchers Examine the Secret Life of Equine Embryos

May 07, 2011

A mare's pregnancy might not seem that complicated on the surface, but her relationship with the embryo and its adjacent parts--in total, the conceptus--is remarkably complex. In order to prevent early embryonic loss, the conceptus must interrupt her... Read More


Vaccinating Pregnant Mares for Equine Viral Arteritis

April 24, 2011

In the event of an equine viral arteritis (EVA) outbreak, is it safe to vaccinate your pregnant mare so she develops the immunity she needs to prevent infection and resulting abortion? The results of a recent collaborative study completed by ... Read More


Time to Assess Eastern Tent Caterpillar Populations

April 21, 2011

Eastern tent caterpillars (ETC) were identified as the cause of foal loss during the mare reproductive loss syndrome outbreaks in 1999-2001. Over the last three years, ETC populations in Central Kentucky have been increasing gradually but there are ... Read More


Male Horses: A Role in Early-Term Abortion?

April 14, 2011

Early-term abortion in mares is a frustrating problem for breeders, as often the cause is nearly impossible to determine. But a team of researchers from the Czech Republic might have uncovered one possible reason why mares abort in certain management... Read More


Leptospiral Abortion: An Update

March 31, 2011

Infection of the pregnant mare by pathogenic leptospires can result in abortion, stillbirth, or birth of a weak foal. Yearly assessments of leptospiral abortions is important, as disease incidence can vary based on fluctuating environmental factors ... Read More


Gluck Center's Equine Reproductive Health Group Sets Goals

March 24, 2011

The equine reproductive health group at the University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Research Center has developed a number of strategic goals to help enhance reproductive performance in horses. Conveniently centered in the largest Thoroughbred nursery in... Read More


Eastern Tent Caterpillar Egg Hatch Under Way

March 21, 2011

Experts report that Eastern tent caterpillar eggs have begun hatching in Central Kentucky, just as leaf buds are swelling on wild cherry trees. While it is too early to tell what 2011 caterpillar numbers will be, populations have been increasing ... Read More


Increase in Cases of Placentitis Reported in Kentucky

February 25, 2011

The University of Kentucky Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center and Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory is reporting an increase in the number of cases of fetuses and placentas submitted to the laboratory and diagnosed with nocardioform placentitis.... Read More


Increase in Abortions Noted in Kentucky Broodmares

February 01, 2011

The University of Kentucky's Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL) has noted an increase in the number of abortions reported in Kentucky's 2011 foal crop, especially those caused by nocardioform placentitis. The VDL, which reported 19 cases from... Read More


Equine Abortion of Unknown Cause

January 22, 2011

Pregnancy loss is relatively common in horses. Only 80% of mares bred give birth to a live foal at term. The loss of the developing foal (fetus) during gestation can fall under one of two categories: early embryonic loss, in which the loss of a fetus... Read More


Fescue: A Danger to Pregnant Mares

January 02, 2011

In many parts of the world horse pastures contain a fair percentage of fescue, a hardy perennial grass that thrives despite heavy hoof traffic, intense grazing, and adverse growing conditions. Unfortunately, there's a drawback: 75% of all fescue is ... Read More


Endometritis in Horses Explained

November 01, 2010

Often, the only clinical sign of endometritis is not what you do see but what you don't see: a pregnancy. Endometritis is a major cause of female infertility, affecting up to 15% of broodmares. But because it frequently lacks clear clinical signs... Read More


Equine Fetal Life/Placenta

September 24, 2010

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Equine Herpesvirus Type 1 in Tasmania

August 06, 2010

A recent outbreak of equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1), a highly infectious viral disease of horses, has been confirmed on a breeding farm in northern Tasmania. One mare died and several others aborted their foals. According to Read More


EVA: Stallion in England Tests Positive

August 06, 2010

A stallion has tested positive for the venereal disease Equine viral arteritis (EVA) in Staffordshire, England, reports HorseandHound. Breeding restrictions have ... Read More


Toxin Topic: Red Maple Toxicosis

June 22, 2010

Red maple trees Acer rubrum are beautiful trees that grow extensively throughout eastern North America. However, horse owners should be aware these trees can pose a serious risk to horses. Ingestion of wilted or dried maples leaves can... Read More


Eastern Tent Caterpillar Numbers Up Again

April 19, 2010

Experts in Kentucky report that eastern tent caterpillar numbers are up for the third consecutive year, although populations vary from location to location.

According to Lee Townsend, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture entomologist, ... Read More


Hormone Therapy Might Prevent Equine Abortion

March 17, 2010

Veterinarians might be able to prevent abortions in some pregnant mares that show premature mammary development, Dietrich H. Volkmann, BVSc, MMedVet (Gyn), Dipl. ACT, told equine veterinarians at the 2010 Western Veterinary Conference, held Feb... Read More